Perspectives from Young Partnered Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men on the Adaptation of Couples HIV Testing and Counseling (CHTC).

TitlePerspectives from Young Partnered Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men on the Adaptation of Couples HIV Testing and Counseling (CHTC).
Publication TypePublication
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsGamarel KE, Darbes LA, Kutsa O, Hightow-Weidman LB, Sullivan P, Stephenson R
JournalAIDS Behav
Volume25
Issue3
Pagination836-846
Date Published2021 Mar
ISSN1573-3254
KeywordsCommunication, Counseling, HIV Infections, HIV Testing, Homosexuality, Male, Humans, Interviews as Topic, Male, Qualitative Research, Sexual and Gender Minorities, Sexual Partners, Young Adult
Abstract

<p>Young gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (YGBMSM) are a priority population for HIV prevention efforts. Although there has been a growing focus on dyadic HIV prevention interventions for same-gender male couples, the unique needs of partnered YGBMSM have been largely overlooked. In this qualitative study, we explored partnered YGBMSM's perceptions of existing HIV prevention interventions to inform the design of a relationship-focused HIV prevention intervention. Between July and November 2018, we conducted in-depth interviews with 30 young partnered YGBMSM (mean age = 17.8, SD = 1.1). Participants described that interventions were needed to address skills regarding: (1) implicit versus explicit communication about sexual agreements; (2) boundary setting and identifying signs of abusive relationships; and (3) relationship dynamics (e.g., trust). Participants noted the absence of inclusive sexual education for them; thus, findings suggest that the provision of relationship skills training are requisites for HIV prevention interventions with YGBMSM in the US.</p>

DOI10.1007/s10461-020-03037-3
Alternate JournalAIDS Behav
PubMed ID32975615
PubMed Central IDPMC7886959
Grant ListL30 HD098047 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
R25 MH067127 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
U19 HD089881 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
U19HD89881 / / National Institute of Child Health and Human Development /